Daniel comes from Călărași, and right now he’s doing his internship on paediatric surgery at the “Marie Curie” Children Emergency Hospital, in Bucharest. He is a roma ethnic and he assumes that with dignity; he even regrets that he didn’t learn the Romani language back when he had time for that. He never has trouble communicating with his patients. Daniel works with children, so communication is an important aspect of his job.

His family, mostly his mother, supported his wish to become a doctor, but they were afraid. They feared that he won’t havr thr chance to go through such a hard school. His mother still gets emotional when she remembers about Daniel’s college years; she’s keeping all his handwritten notes, as her treasures. In the beginning it wasn’t easy for Daniel either, but finding out that there are other roma students who chose the medicine school, some of them in the same year as he was, motivated and helped him a lot.

He feared that his teachers won’t support him, but it’s hard to ignore such a responsible and passionate student like Daniel. His coordinating doctor in the hospital respects him a lot and always appreciating him, for his honesty and responsibility, but mainly for his gift of communicating with his patients. In his carrier, Daniel hopes he will deliver the best possible practice, supported by a team of professionals which he can always count on.

Roma Health Scholarship Program supports young Roma to build their education in the medical field. More than 600 Roma students received academic scholarships so far (2008-2016). They were assisted by mentors, attended camps advocacy, volunteering activities and medical congresses. The scholars are encouraged to actively assume their Roma identity.

Roma Health Scholarship Program is developed in Romania by Roma Education Fund, ActiveWatch, The Association of Resident Physicians and Roma Center for Health Policy – Sastipen.

a movie by Anelise Sălan
produced by ActiveWatch
with the support of Open Society Foundations

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